TAVARES, Fla. – Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen will drive the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 GT America in the new TUDOR SportsCar Championship GTD Series starting with the Rolex 24 At Daytona Jan. 24-25, 2014.
The duo of MacNeil and Keen are together again in the hopes of duplicating their championship winning American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GTC performance in 2012. In that season, they combined to win three races at Lime Rock Park, Road America and Virginia Int’l Raceway. They also posted podium finishes at Sebring, Long Beach, Mosport and Baltimore.
The strong season record awarded MacNeil the 2012 ALMS GTC title, Keen finished second. The young MacNeil is also the 2013 GTC ALMS Driver Champion and is excited about the new series and increased competition.
“I’m really excited to be driving with Leh again,” MacNeil said. “We get along really well and he’s a damn good driver. He helped me win my first championship in 2012 and we will try our best to do the same in 2014. At the same time, I’m upset to see Jeroen become my competition, because I really liked him driving with me, not against me. But I wish him the best with Viper. I’m excited to race in GTD because it will bring me back to my SCCA days. I have gotten used to the spec class in the Porsche, but cannot wait to see how it goes up against all of the other makes. I’m really excited to drive the new car and can’t wait to get the season started at the November test.”
Keen, the 2009 Rolex Series GT Driver Champion, is happy to back with the team and has his goals set high for 2014.
“I couldn’t be happier to finally be doing a full season with AJR,” Keen said. “This will be my fifth year in a row racing with the team in one way or another. It all started with a win at Sebring in 2010. Along the way, we added to that win with a few more and a team and driver’s championship with Cooper in 2012. I really have to thank WeatherTech and Alex for bringing me on board for the full season. My history with Alex shows how strong our relationship is and he runs the best program out there.”
Alex Job, team owner, has a proven driver package in the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche.
“You can say we have the band back together,” Job said. “Cooper and Leh have a winning history as a driver pairing and we hope to expand on that record in 2014. They are very comfortable with each other and the team and that will be a big advantage with a new car in a new series with increased competition in the inaugural GTD Class.”